But the Miller, who is very drunk, announces that he will tell a story about a carpenter. The Reeve, Oswald, objects because he was once a carpenter. Chaucer then warns the reader that this tale might be a bit vulgar, but he must tell all the stories because a prize is at stake.
Chaucer does not have any particular individual in mind but casts the Knight as an idealistic representative of his profession.
Although the institution of chivalry had become decadent in the fourteenth century Chaucer withholds his criticism and instead endows the Knight with all the gentlemanly qualities that are in keeping with his character.
Thus the Knight possesses all the traditional chivalric virtues of politeness in speech, consideration for others, righteousness, generosity, helpfulness, and loyalty.
He also loves truth, honor, freedom, and courtesy. Moreover he is not only brave and worthy but also wise. He has come straight from his expedition and is still wearing his armor. His simple coarse sleeveless tunic made out of fustian bears the stains of his armor.
The young Squire with his fashionably curled locks and stylish short gown is the embodiment of the romantic chivalric tradition and provides a stark contrast to the religious chivalric tradition represented by his father, the Knight.
His short coat with long wide sleeves is exquisitely embroidered with red and white flowers.
In the medieval chivalric hierarchy a Squire ranked immediately below a Knight. A Squire had to serve as an attendant to several Knights and their ladies before he himself received Knighthood.
He is an excellent horseman and also knows how to draw. Moreover he is fond of singing, dancing and composing lyrics. He also likes to joust. A joust was a trial of strength and expertise in which one individual fought another. This sport was strictly restricted to the nobility. Thus unlike his father the Squire, he is not motivated by religious feelings but by love.
The Squire is strong and extremely agile. Further he is courteous and considerate towards others. He willingly serves his lords and carves before his father at the table. Carving was considered to be a very strenuous task. His singing and playing upon the flute all day long are perfectly in accordance with his cavalier sensibility.
On the whole one is convinced that the Squire would make a worthy Knight like his father. The modern meaning of a small landowner came about much later. He is a robust individual with closely cropped hair and tanned complexion that bear testimony to a hectic outdoor life.
His apparel of a green hunting coat and hood is brightened by a sheaf of sharp peacock arrows that he carries carefully under his belt. He carries all the equipment necessary for his occupation as a Yeoman and a hunter: Christopher medal that dangles on his breast provides the finishing touch to his physical appearance.
Chaucer indicates that the Yeoman is proficient in his work by his statement that he carried his equipment in true Yeomanly fashion. Rather the gay and colorful Yeoman wins a positive response of unrestrained appreciation from Chaucer. The Prioress Chaucer has painted an utterly charming and elegant portrait of the Prioress.
She is named Eglentyne or Sweetbriar. She has a broad forehead, perfect nose, blue-gray eyes, and thin red lips. Her smile is simple and coy. Her appearance conforms to the contemporary ideal of a beauty.
She sings the divine service very well with a pleasant nasal intonation and can speak French elegantly. She is obviously a lady who has not forgotten her past of extravagance and fine living.
She strives to imitate courtly manners which is evident in her precise table manners where she even takes care not to wet her fingers too deeply in sauce. Her tender heart runs over with pity at the sight of dead or bleeding mice caught in a trap.The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: CHARACTER ANALYSIS Cliff Notes™, Cliffs Notes™, Cliffnotes™, Cliffsnotes™ are trademarked properties of the John Wiley Publishing Company.
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Analysis of Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (General Prologue, The Knight’s Tale, Franklin’s Tale) 1. Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. – 25 October ), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poet's Corner of.
- The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales, a masterpiece of English Literature, written by Geoffrey Chaucer, is a collection, with frequent dramatic links, of 24 tales told to pass the time during a spring pilgrimage to the shrine of St.
Thomas a Becket in Canterbury. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a series of different kinds of stories told by a group of imaginary pilgrims going to Canterbury: the Cathedral, a place of assassination of Saint Thomas a Becket.
One of the pilgrims, Chaucer’s persona or narrator, who is a civil servant, retells us the stories. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Comparing The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale - Irony in The Pardoners Tale and The Nun's Priest's Tale Irony is the general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting,or amusing contradictions.
1 Two stories that serve as excellent demonstrations of irony are "The Pardoners Tale" and " The Nun's Priest's Tale.